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March 22, 2019

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March 19, 2019

New way to create hydrogen fuel from seawater
March 18, 2019

Stanford researchers explore the effects of climate change on disease 
March 15, 2019

New tool merges climate science, law, and policy to protect California Coastline
March 13, 2019

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March 12, 2019

It's 2050 and this is how we stopped climate change
March 11, 2019

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Climate detectives soon will be able to track individual carbon emitters
March 3, 2019
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The latest updates on sustainability at Stanford

Stanford Renews Top Score in Sustainability Ranking

This month, Stanford renewed its Platinum rating through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), with a score of 88%. This score is more than two percentage points higher than Stanford’s score in 2017, when Stanford submitted its last report and earned its first Platinum rating. The score increase is primarily driven by the university’s expanded renewable energy portfolio, the establishment of a sustainability literacy assessment through My Cardinal Green, and improved waste diversion initiatives coupled with a decrease in landfill waste.

At this time, Stanford’s score is the highest among all reporting research universities, highlighting the university’s leadership in this field. Learn More.
Commit to Sustainability: Service Opportunities for Earth Day

This year, Sustainable Stanford, in partnership with BeWell, the Health Improvement Program (HIP), and local area non-profits that need your support, encourage you to make your commitment to community sustainability. Sign up to volunteer in the foothills or Arizona cactus garden on Earth Day April 22 from 11:00am to 1:00pm to earn My Cardinal Green points, or explore other opportunities! Learn More
Do You Have Science Equipment Gathering Dust? Participate in Spring Lab Share!

In collaboration with Property Management, EH&S, PSSI Stanford Recycling, and the Stanford Biosciences Student Association, the Cardinal Green Labs program is excited to host another Lab Sharing Event on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the School of Medicine Herb Garden (along Discovery Walk, right across from Li Ka Shing). Donations will be accepted starting at 10:00am. All Stanford University labs are welcome! This is a great opportunity to donate usable items that your lab no longer needs and find some free items your lab could use. Find Out More
Join the SRWC Sustainability Working Team

Are you moving to Redwood City and want to learn about and be involved in sustainability programs? Join Sustainable Stanford for a presentation on sustainability programs and Design Thinking workshop on Tuesday, April 23 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. You can participate in person or via Zoom. Sign Up Here.
Join Waste Characterization Study to Help Achieve Zero Waste Goal

As it works toward its Zero Waste goals, Sustainable Stanford will perform a waste characterization study to determine the detailed composition of Stanford's landfill. Building on annual waste audits that generally reveal categories of waste, the study will provide more in-depth analysis about specific items and trends to inform zero waste plans. Those who are interested in participating and learning more about what comprises Stanford's waste can JOIN on Thursday, April 11, starting around 1:00pm. RSVP Here.
Sustainable Stanford Internship Applications Due by April 10

Interested in having a real impact on campus sustainability? The Sustainable Stanford Internship Program offers summer and year-long paid opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to support campus sustainability projects that bring about tangible results. Intern responsibilities include everything from analyzing utilities data to implementing energy and waste reduction projects. Learn More
Stanford Slams Dunk in Zero Waste Game Day Challenge

Stanford made strides toward sustainability in the women’s basketball Zero Waste Game Day Challenge on February 9. With a crowd of over 2,300, the event generated 83 pounds of compost, which contributed to a 28% diversion rate for the event. Composting bins and signage throughout the pavilion, support from Game Day Concessions, training for game day staff and volunteers, and fan engagement and education also resulted in the recycling and composting rates.

Since the launch of the Cardinal Green Athletics program in 2015, we’ve improved our diversion baseline from 6% to roughly 30%. In addition to our game day challenge, each game we collect food donations from concessions to donate to local organizations. So far, we’ve collected nearly 350 pounds of food! Find Out More
Sustainability Champion of the Month
Roble Sustainability Leaders, Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS)

Behavioral change is one of the most challenging aspects toward campus sustainability. As part of the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS) program, the Roble Sustainability Team empowers residents of Stanford’s largest dorm to live more sustainably through a wide range of programming activities including growing the community garden, the Environmental Voter Project, and field trips to Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Most recently, they launched the My Cardinal Green Inter Hall Competition, which engaged 183 residents to earn over 10,000 points on the platform, saving over 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and over $4,900 through individual behavioral changes of Roble residents in about two months.
Becca Nelson, one of the Roble Sustainability Leaders reflects on her experience from the competition: “One of the most exciting parts of the MCG competition was that so many dorm members got involved who previously weren't interested in sustainability. It really sparked conversation between Roble residents about what it means to live sustainably. Moreover, the competition showed that if we all take small steps toward sustainability, as a dorm we can greatly reduce our carbon footprint and energy consumption.”

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